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Sonko warns city landlords over unapproved buildings

Governor Mike Sonko has said his administration will no longer allow construction of houses that have not been approved by the Nairobi City County Government/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 30 – Buildings that have been constructed without approval from City Hall in Nairobi will be demolished.

The Nairobi City County Government has begun inspection of all building approvals in the county.

Governor Mike Sonko has said his administration will no longer allow construction of houses that have not been approved by the Nairobi City County Government.

This is to cushion against building of sub-standard houses in the capital city.

He spoke at Kabiro area in Kawangware, Dagoretti North Constituency, while condoling with victims of a recent fire tragedy in the area.

Sonko blamed unapproved and poorly constructed houses for such tragedies.

“We will take stern action against those who construct sub-standard houses in Nairobi. Most of those houses end up causing tragedies leading to loss of lives and property. My administration will take measures to prevent such tragedies like fire outbreaks caused by poor workmanship,” said Sonko.

During his address to area residents, Sonko donated household items and foodstuffs to victims of the fire tragedy and promised fully cater for funeral expenses for an infant who perished during the inferno.

“I did not come here because of politics and I am not the type of politician who comes here during election season only because I don’t do politics with people’s lives. I came to console the fire victims and also look into ways of stopping such disasters in future,” added Sonko.

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Meanwhile, Sonko has assured Nairobi residents in informal settlements that the Nairobi City County Government affordable housing project will go on as planned to ensure Nairobi County supports achievement of the affordable housing pillar of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda.

“Over 65 per cent of Nairobi residents reside in slum areas and we all know it’s not everyone’s wish to live in the informal settlement areas. That’s why my administration is working closely with the national government to ensure we protect you from land grabbers. In addition, we will ensure President Kenyatta’s affordable housing project is fully implemented in Nairobi,” added Sonko.

The governor further urged locals in Kawangware to take advantage of job opportunities in the Ng’arisha Jiji Initiative by his administration and join the team in the ongoing beautification programme of the capital city.

“We are currently adding 20 more people in each of the 85 wards to join the Ng’arisha Jiji initiative. So I’m appealing to the jobless youth in each ward to join the casual laborers and help us make our city clean,” he said.

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